Those from Gurs. Internment Camp Art from the Elsbeth Kasser Collection

26 January 2016 until 10 April 2016
Opening: 25 January 2016, 6.30 p.m.


The International Holocaust Remembrance Day is an international memorial day on 27 January commemorating the victims of the Holocaust. A unique collection of watercolour paintings and drawings collected by Elsbeth Kasser (1910-1992) will be presented at the Museum im Lagerhaus. From 1940 to 1943 Elsbeth Kasser a Swiss nurse of the Red Cross worked in the Gurs internment camp. Voluntarily. On her own initiative she set up an aid project, organized additional food, and worked to establish a humane atmosphere in the camp as much as possible. Elsbeth Kasser recognized the importance of art in this existentially difficult situation as a necessity for survival. She received many drawings and watercolors as gifts out of gratitude. To ensure their safety, they were smuggled into Switzerland. There are a total of 172 works on paper as well as some handmade objects that were created primarily in Gurs between 1939 and 1943, of which a selection will be shown in the exhibition at the Museum im Lagerhaus. The exhibition is organized by IG Kunst und Kultur in Internierungslagern.

Marina Widmer Archiv für Frauen- Geschlechter- und Sozialgeschichte Ostschweiz
Monika Jagfeld Museum im Lagerhaus
Marina Schütz Kinok
Arne Engeli Internationaler Bodensee-Friedensweg

Opening at the Museum im Lagerhaus
Monday, 25 January 2016, 6:30 p.m.

Welcoming remarks
Dr. Monika Jagfeld, Museum Director
Councilor Martin Klöti

Prof. Dr. Walter Schmid, President of the Elsbeth Kasser Foundation

Further information on current exhibition.

Ego Documents

10 November 2015 until 28 February 2016
Opening: 9 November 2015, 6.30 p.m.


The exhibition shows contemporary outsider art between the construction of the ego and self-manifestation. The boundaries between a creating self and a created art-self dissolve. The exhibition ‹Flights of Fancy› with works of the collection reflects on the fascination of flying and the artistic approach for this subject. Further information on current exhibition.

(Deutsch) “Die von Gurs” auf TV Ostschweiz

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(Deutsch) Ego-Dokumente auf

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(Deutsch) Begleitprogramm «Die von Gurs»

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Exhibition Views

“Ego Documents” and “Those from Gurs”


(Deutsch) Kunst zum Kaufen

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(Deutsch) Workshop ‹Lebens-Bilder›

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Guided Tour

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